Vernon Representative Rick Hardcastle has been named Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock Committee for the 82nd session.
"I am deeply honored and excited that the Speaker has given me the responsibility to chair this committee. I plan on working closely with the other committee members who are very knowledgeable on agricultural issues and look forward to the challenges we face," said Hardcastle.
Hardcastle has been in the Texas House since 1998. He has served on the Agriculture and Livestock Committee numerous times and was Chairman in 2003 and 2005.
As a professional rancher Hardcastle said he has a true passion for agriculture and feels his leadership position will prove to be a great service to his rural House District 68.
Hardcastle will also serve as a member of the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and on the Executive Board of the Rural Caucus.